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Ms Word: Love and sex for the thinking girl

Ms Word: Love and sex for the thinking girl

August 28, 2016

NEW YORK, Aug 28 — At 30, writer Emily Witt found herself single and heartbroken, but also suddenly intent on examining the mythology around how life for women is supposed to be. “Demographics have changed, people get married later or they don’t get married at all,” she said recently, drinking rosé at a bar in Brooklyn. In considering questions like why she was not married or almost married (and why many of her friends who wanted to be married were also not married), Witt,... Read more

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy autographs his book in which he announced his intention to run for presidency in 2017, in Le Touquet, France, August 28, 2016. — Reuters pic

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy autographs his book in which he announced his intention to run for presidency in 2017, in Le Touquet, France, August 28, 2016. — Reuters pic